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The EnrgeyThe Energy Wise Home

Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet

When picking out a home, there are a number of aspects to keep in mind: location, size, and layout. One issue that many people neglect is energy conservation, which is quickly becoming one of the most important aspects of modern life. How do make your home energy wise? Where do you start? What aspects of home living can affect, and be affected by, our energy choices? This task can be momentous and intimidating.

The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet makes it easy. Jeff Dondero walks you through your home’s walls, doors, windows, and roof, room by room and appliance by appliance, breaking them down into simple terms so that you can make the smartest energy and resource choices possible. He even covers gardens and garages, explaining what household items cost to run, how to conserve energy when using them, giving guidance on what’s sustainable and what isn’t. This encyclopedic manual is very helpful for understanding the machine that is your house, and how to keep it maintained and running well and “green” while saving you money.

This guide is a great fit to make sure that you make the best of your home and the resources that power and run it. Conservation in the home is something that you owe to yourself, your family, and your planet.


  • Provides helpful solutions for contributing to the health and “greening” of your home.
  • Provides current information on lowering your carbon footprint.
  • Provides the reader with a guide to an energy and cost-efficient workplace.
  • Provides an easy to understand guide on sustainable energy.

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The Energy Wise Workplace

Practical and Cost-Effective Ideas for a Sustainable and Green Workplace

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Most people spend a good deal of time and a little more than half of their energy, money and resources in an effort to make their homes more efficient, for both themselves and the planet. But five days a week nearly all of America goes to work, and some spend almost as much time at their place of work as they do at home. With more than 30 million of these workplaces are small businesses, and 18,500 firms of 500 employees or more, the workplace is largely responsible for the other half of the consumption of resources in the United States.

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Jeff Dondero has a diverse background and experience in writing, ranging from web content, B2B, books, hard news, and interviews to feature writing. He began his career as stringer and freelancer for the San Francisco Examiner, worked as a reporter and editor for several suburban newspapers, was the entertainment editor for The Marin Independent Journal, a writer and editor of various magazines, wrote for KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area, toiled in a trade magazine mill, and created a website dedicated to sustainable construction industries (http://www.greenbuildingdigest.net/). He was invited as a writer-in-residence at the art colony in Rancho Vista, Arizona in 2014, where he wrote a slim volume of poetry. He continues to expand his national readership with books, social media, various writers’ blogs and websites, radio and television appearances.


Upsize for Bigger Backyard


A bigger yard is often on the checklist for homebuyers looking to upsize. They may want a large backyard where kids can play, dogs can run around freely and they can plant a garden. If finding a home with a bigger backyard is on your list, be sure to take the following questions into consideration while house hunting.

  • How much upkeep are you willing to do? When you upsize to a home with a bigger backyard, the level of maintenance needed increases. Mowing the lawn will take longer, trees and bushes will need frequent trimming and the garden will need regular care. Landscaping may also need to be done when you move in and then touched up every year. Considering how much time you’re willing to put into yard work — and how much that yard work will cost — can help you decide how big of a yard you want.


  • How do you want to use the yard? Will the yard primarily be a play area for your kids and pets? Do you want to host garden parties or barbecues? Do you want to plant a garden or build a shed? Thinking about the yard’s purpose will help you decide between a medium or large yard, an open yard or one with a few scattered trees, and a low-maintenance yard or a yard needing upkeep.

Contact me today to talk more about your dream yard and to learn more about upsizing options.

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